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Location of Photo:

Belton, SC

Date/Time of photo:

August 21, 2017


Nikon d800 with 500 mm Nikkor Lens


Total Solar Eclipse with Mars and Mercury visible to the left and right




Image of Joe Stieber

Joe Stieber

August 25, 2017 at 12:04 pm

I don't see any signs of either planet here. Since Mars was about 8 degrees west of the sun (to the right in this image) and Mercury was about 10.5 degrees to the southeast of the sun (left in this image) at the time of totality, neither would have fit in this approximately 3-degree wide frame anyway. Regulus is faintly visible near the left edge at the nominal 10 o'clock position from the sun.

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